Washington (CNN) - It had all the appearances of a serious-minded debate: Republicans insisted the Senate spend all day Wednesday arguing which party had better budget proposals to fix the economy.
But the reality was none of the measures had enough votes to pass, and much of the exercise was an effort by both parties to score political points and embarrass the other side - another display of partisan maneuvering that polls show frustrates voters.
(CNN) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, said on CNN's "John King, USA" that President Barack Obama's economic policies have created "a wind in my face" as he had worked to grow the state's economy.
He suggested that the state's Republican senator, Rob Portman, would be a "great pick" for Mitt Romney's vice presidential candidate, but deflected the suggestion that he might run.
"I'm not even going to express no interest because that indicates interest," he said.
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden turns up the Bain heat on Mitt Romney. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives passed the Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act on Wednesday, despite strong opposition from Democrats.
The GOP version, passed 225-205, offers a stark contrast from the bill passed by the Senate in late April, which will lead to further political fighting as both chambers attempt to work out a compromise over the law's reauthorization.
Washington (CNN) - On Wednesday, the President Barack Obama went to Taylor Gourmet, a sandwich shop in Washington, D.C., to hold a roundtable discussion with several small business leaders.
After the meeting he went to the counter and picked up some hoagies. According to the White House press pool he ordered a 12-inch Spruce Street hoagie, which has roast turkey, prosciutto, roasted red peppers and sharp provolone. He also ordered sandwiches to take back to the White House for his meeting with congressional leaders.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for May 16, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE SENATE IS A STUDY IN STILL LIFE – Republican Leader Mitch McConnell: “If you’re looking for a simple three-word description of the Democrat approach to the problems that we face it is this: duck and cover.”
Democratic Leader Harry Reid: “Their leader said their number one goal is to defeat President Obama, so they don’t mind spending a day wasting the Senate’s time on useless political show votes.” – Follow @DanaBashCNN for the latest on what she reminds us is Capitol Hill’s “deliberative” body.
(CNN) – The sour back-and-forth between the dueling presidential campaigns continued Wednesday, as Republican Mitt Romney fired back at Democratic claims he was responsible for the shuttering of a steel plant, and President Barack Obama's team stuck to their argument Romney was a glorified corporate raider in the 1990s.
The skirmish extends back to Monday, when Obama's team spent under $100,000 to air a television ad in battleground states that saddled Romney with responsibility for the shuttering of a steel plant under management of Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded in 1984.
(CNN) - Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the anti-war Ohio congressman, announced Wednesday that he will retire from the House at the end of his term, opting not to launch a bid for a house seat in Washington state after losing a primary for his own seat.
Kucinich's primary loss came in March, when he was defeated by fellow Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur after the Republican-led state legislature combined their districts. He then explored a run in Washington.
(CNN) - With just under three weeks to go until the recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a new poll indicates that the Republican governor holds a six point advantage over his Democratic challenger.
And, while the race remains close, there is one thing on the rise: ad spending.
(CNN) – He was in the middle of a radio interview, until he was in a car accident.
Former Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean called into CJAD 800 AM Radio Wednesday, while in Montreal, Canada for a luncheon. But the interview ended abruptly when the car carrying Dean was hit.
"We just got hit by a car, sorry. I'm going to have to goodbye, say goodbye," Dean said on the radio following a loud thud. "Everybody's fine … going to be a bit of a struggle."